State of Delaware Issues Guidance for Return to School

The Delaware Department of Education has announced its guidance for the reopening of schools for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Three scenarios were unveiled, applying to districts and charter schools. Private schools are encouraged to follow them.

Scenario one would allow for all school buildings to reopen. This would be implemented if there is minimal community spread of the coronavirus at the time school resumes.

Scenario two would be some mixture of in-person and remote learning, dependent on the situation. Officials say this scenario would be employed if there were minimal to moderate community spread of the virus.

Scenario three would be a complete closure of all school buildings with only remote learning being used. This scenario would be used if there were significant community spread of the coronavirus.

“Since the day we closed school buildings, our goal has been to return students and educators to their classrooms as soon as it is safe to do so.” Governor John Carney said.

Education Secretary Susan Bunting said “The guidance document is meant to be used as support for district and charter leaders as they continue planning for the opening of the 2020-2021 school year.”

The plans were made in consultation with the Delaware Department of Public Health.